Exploring Medical Anthropology
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This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence. Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, Exploring Medical Anthropology's concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the author's personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline's most important insights; such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering. An extensive glossary facilitates student learning of concepts and terms, while a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and an extensive bibliography encourage further exploration.show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 10.16mm | 272.15g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0205693512
  • 9780205693511
  • 252,338

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This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence. Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, "Exploring Medical Anthropology"'s concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the author's personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline's most important insights; such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering. An extensive glossary facilitates student learning of concepts and terms, while a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and an extensive bibliography encourage further exploration.show more

About Donald Joralemon

Donald Joralemon is professor of anthropology at Smith College. He received his BA from Oberlin College (1974) and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (1983). He is the author of Exploring Medical Anthropology (1999, third edition 2010) and the coauthor (with Douglas Sharon) of Sorcery and Shamanism: Curanderos and Clients in Northern Peru (1993). Among his published articles on Peruvian shamanism is the widely cited essay, "The Selling of the Shaman and the Problem of Informant Legitimacy" (Journal of Anthropological Research, 1990). His present work focuses on the anthropology of organ transplantation and medical ethics. His article "Organ Wars: The Battle for Body Parts" (Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 1995) won the Polgar Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology. His most recent publications, on the medical ethics of financial compensation for organ donors, appear in the Journal of Medical Ethics (2001) and The Hastings Center Report (2003). An article on the concept of medical futility was published in the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics (2002). At Smith College, Professor Joralemon teaches Medical Anthropology, Native South Americans, Dying and Death, and a seminar on Anthropology and Medical Ethicsshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 What's So Cultural About Disease? Culture in Medicine Development of Medical Anthropology Medical Anthropology Today Summary: Placing Medical Anthropology Among the Social Sciences of Medicine Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 2 Anthropological Questions and Methods in the Study of Sickness and Healing Studying Shamans in Peru Studying Medicine in the United States Summary: The Anthropological Vision Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 3: Recognizing Biological, Social and Cultural Interconnections: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives on a Cholera Epidemic Thinking About Epidemics History and Biology of Cholera Epidemiological Accounts of Peru's Cholera Epidemic Evolution and the Ecological Framework Cholera and the Evolutionary Framework Medical Anthropology Embraces the Ecological/Evolutionary Model Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 4 Expanding the Vision of Medical Anthropology: Critical and Interpretive Views of the Cholera Epidemic Political-Economy of Cholera Political-Economic vs. Ecological/Evolutionary Perspectives Interpretive View of Cholera Taking a Broader, Inclusive Perspective Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 5 The Global Petri Dish Transitions SARS: The First Global Epidemic of the 21st Century One Health Ecology Further Complications: The Threat of Bioterrorism Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 6 Healers and the Healing Professions Healing Roles: Organizing the Diversity Authority of Healers Authority in the Folk Health Sector: Position of Peruvian Curanderos Authority in the Professional Health Care Sector: Case of Biomedicine Challenges to Biomedical Authority Authority of Biomedicine in Non-Western Countries Conclusion Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 7 Applying Medical Anthropology Medical Anthropology in International Development: A Brief History Work of Applied Medical Anthropologists in International Contexts Applying Medical Anthropology in the United States Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Applied Anthropology Under Attack Personal Reflections Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 8: Anthropology and Medical Ethics Medical Ethics: A Comparative Framework Medical Ethics Beyond Biomedicine Development of Bioethics in the United States Social Sciences and Bioethics Social Science: Out of the Closet Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 9: Body, Self and Biotechnologies Cross-Cultural Views of the Self The Stem Cell Debate "Baby" Pictures Rights, Death and the Autonomous Self Conclusion Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 10: A Look Back and a Glance Ahead Advantages of Medical Anthropology Thinking Anthropologically about HIV/AIDS Future Directions in Medical Anthropology Academic and Professional Career Paths Related to Medical Anthropology Conclusion Suggested Readings Notes Glossary References Citedshow more